Feb 11th 2020

Worried about you eCommerce site performance and response? It's time to upgrade from Blueprint to Stencil theme.

Worried about your eCommerce site performance and response?

It’s time to upgrade from Blueprint to Stencil theme.

What is Stencil?

Stencil is the latest theme framework engine from BigCommerce. Stencil helps build storefronts that engage shoppers and encourage checkouts on any device. Most of the BigCommerce’s new storefronts use Stencil as it comes armed with many new features and benefits.

5 reasons to upgrade from Blueprint to Stencil theme.

  • Improved
    page speed

  • Mobile
    Responsive

  • SEO
    Friendly

  • Easily
    customizable

  • High
    availability
    production site

Moving from Blueprint to Stencil on BigCommerce will make your website better, faster, and more accessible. Stencil incorporates the latest design standards, best practices in technology, and SEO. The framework’s themes are optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop browsers.

If you are still using the legacy theme framework, Blueprint, it is highly recommended to switch to Stencil as it improves the storefront experience for both the merchants as well as customers.

A comparison between Blueprint and Stencil

Feature Stencil Blueprint
Industry-specific themes

Theme Features

All free and premium themes fully responsive
Display payment icons in footer Easily configured via Store Design Requires HTML/CSS customization
Toggle 'Powered by BigCommerce' in footer Easily configured via Store Design Requires HTML/CSS customization
Add a GeoTrust SSL Seal to Your Store's Footer Easily configured via Store Design Requires HTML/CSS customization
"On Sale" Buttons on Products Only on select themes
Toggle select social media icons in footer
Google AMP compatible

Theme Configuration

In-browser access to theme template files
Download and upload theme template files
Fine-tune color palette
Ability to choose custom fonts from available list
Merchandising controls (listed below) saved on a per theme basis
Support for Product Filtering (Faceted Search)
- Number of featured products displayed on the home page Easily configured via Store Design Must be configured in Store Settings
- Number of most popular products displayed on the home page Easily configured via Store Design Must be configured in Store Settings
- Number of new products displayed on the home page Easily configured via Store Design Must be configured in Store Settings
- Number of blog posts displayed on the home page Easily configured via Store Design Must be configured in Store Settings
Preview storefront while customizing
Cross-device preview (mobile, desktop, tablet)
Preview checkout while adjusting theme configuration

Checkout Experience

Access to checkout template files
Customize checkout page colors and fonts
Customize "Thanks for your order" page colors and fonts
Store logo links to the homepage
Ability to add trust seals to checkout page Easily configured via Store Design Must be configured in Store Settings
Ability to add Google Analytics tracking code
Ability to add non-Google Analytics tracking codes to checkout page Requires HTML/CSS customization
Ability to add tracking codes to "Thanks for your order" page
Support for multiple shipping addresses
Access to Digital Wallets, PayPal Credit and other payment methods Only with Optimized One-Page Checkout

Performance (Page Speed)

Desktop 90 (best in class) 79
Mobile 74 N/A
Akamai Image Manager

Theme Marketplace

Ability to buy themes from 3rd party marketplaces

Blueprint is being phased out and Blueprint themes will no longer be supported or updated by BigCommerce. It is time to upgrade.

Connect with Arizon Digital to make a smooth transition from the Blueprint to Stencil framework.